We spent four days in Managua (and the surrounding areas) during a hot and humid Fourth of July Weekend. Since Independence Day fell on a Tuesday, we decided to turn a weekend into something bigger. Here’s a glimpse:

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Our guide found this little guy in a tree (in the cloud-forest-covered crater of Mombacho volcano).
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Atop Mombacho volcano, the vegetation competes for light.
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Michelle found these heart-shaped leaves adorable. (Of course, they’re poisonous.)
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A wide-enough walking path exists so that we weren’t ducking too many errant vines and tree branches. (Not pictured is the sloth we saw. We saw a wild sloth! Alas, he was sleeping, and he wasn’t terribly photogenic.)
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The colonial city of Granada was significantly more tranquil than where we stayed (in Managua).
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It was hot and humid in Granada, but there was also a little bit of romance in the air.  ♥
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In San Juan del Oriente, artisans mesmerize as they create.
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At Laguna de Apoyo in Catarina, musicians compete for ears and an audience. Locals seem keen to hang out with friends and family while enjoying the view.
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This is the Santiago crater of the Masaya volcano (one of eight active lava lakes around the world).
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Looking into the crater from atop the Masaya volcano.

Details:

Tour guide: Green Pathways

Hotel: Real InterContinental at Metrocentro Mall, Managua

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